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Discuss the isolation of the narrator in Ernest Hemingway's In Another Country

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Discuss about the isolation of the narrator in " In Another Country" Ernest Miller Hemingway was born at 8 o'clock in the morning on July 21st 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. In nearly 62 years of his lifetime, his literary reputation was unsurpassed. The Characters that he created were not only captive the literary critics but also the average men as well. It can be said that Ernest Hemingway was a greatest American Writer in the twentieth century. His experience as a soldier in Italy during World War 1 inspired him to write many of his later masterpieces. One of which is the story "In Another Country" in the book "Men Without Women". "In Another Country" is a short story about wounded soldiers who are recuperating after being injured on the front line. The main theme of the story is about the isolation feeling that the American soldier, or the narrator, has to confront. The first thing I would like to mention is the isolation of the narrator in his emotion. The setting of the story is in a military hospital in Milan, Italy during World War 1. As an American soldier, the narrator always feels homesick at a certain when being out of his homeland. Moreover, at the first glance, the title of the story, In Another Country", Ernest Hemingway implies that the narrator himself is just a tourist in a foreign country rather than a real soldier who really fights for justice. This is the reason why he feels that he is undeserved for the medals. By describing his visiting to The Cova Caf�, the narrator lets the reader capture his tourist characterization. Furthermore, his perspective toward the Italian is "Italian is such an easy language...that I could not take a great interest". The fact shows that the narrator has a light-hearted attitude toward the Italian culture, and he has no relationship to this country and the war as well. ...read more.


He said he was a useless boy and he hated anyone who showed sympathy for him. He could not do heavy work like a man in his family. He didn't want to join in activities at school and in the church; for fear that his helpless hand was exposed to people's eyes and jokes. I think that even when sports was not a problem, my friend as well as the major still endured a difficult time, a loss of strength, a loss of confidence, and a loss of a man's dignity. The loss that the major suffered was bigger after his wife's death. She was very young and she had waited for him during the time he joined the war. When the major was completely invalid out of the war, he returned, got married to that woman, and must have hoped for a happy family. Ironically, his wife died very quickly after that. A man who were wounded in the war and could not see any hope of recovery now lost the most important person in his life. The man was tormented by the sense of loss, the regret for his abandonment of his beloved, and the hatred of the war. "A man must not marry," he cried out when hearing that the American intended to get married. "Don't get married because you will be very painful when you lose your spouse! Don't be like me!" are the words that I can hear from the major's broken heart. When talking about his wife's death, he wept, choked, bitted his lips, and cried, "I am utterly unable to resign myself." What a big loss! He had happiness and then lost it very quickly, so it might be better if he hadn't have it "He should not place himself in a position to lose. He should find things he cannot lose." Such bitter words showed how much despaired the major felt. ...read more.


The narrator then explains that the major does not believe in bravery and the stories of the three soldiers from Milan. He does not shy ( ne tranh) away from the narrator regardless of his medals and ribbons and their history. Instead, the major ( thieu ta) gives the narrator Italian grammar lessons while they talk during rehabilitation. While the major never misses a day of rehabilitation, it is obvious that he does not believe it will do any good. During one of the days, the major is particularly agitated ( boi roi), says that the machines are simply nonsense, and scolds the narrator for not learning his grammar. He calls the narrator "a stupid, impossible disgrace." The major asks the narrator what he will do when the war is over. The narrator explains that he wants to return to the United States and to get married. The major says that it is foolish to get married because that is just placing himself in a position to lose. The major then orders an attendant to unhook ( mo khuy ao) him from the machine and goes to get a massage. When he returns, he apologizes to the narrator saying that he just lost his wife - she had come down with pneumonia ( viem phoi) and had only been sick a few days. No one had expected her to die. The major then leaves and does not return for rehabilitation for three days. When he does return, he has a black band around his sleeve ( tay ao). The doctor has placed framed photographs of injuries before and after using the machines on the walls around the room. Those in front of the major's machine are pictures of hands like the major's that have been completely restored. The narrator marvels ( tu hoi) at how the doctor gets these pictures because they are supposed to be the first people to use them. It does not matter to the major, however, because all he does is look out the window anyway. ...read more.

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